Hollywood actress Uma Thurman took to social media outlets yesterday, posting footage of her own car accident on the sets of Kill Bill, an iconic movie in which she starred. The footage shows Ms. Thurman driving a blue coloured Karmann Ghia convertible at about 40 Mph (64 Kph) through a forest road, before losing control of the car and crashing into a tree. Here, watch it for yourself.
Ms. Thurman, reluctant to drive the vintage convertible car after other members of the filming unit expressed their misgivings about its safety, complained that she was coerced to do the stunt by director Quentin Tarantino. Grainy footage of the crash shows Ms. Thurman slumping back on the seat of the car clutching her head after the crash. Clearly, she wasn’t wearing seatbelts, and the car also didn’t have a headrest, exposing the actress to grave dangers from both whiplash and blunt force impact injuries.
In fact, Ms. Thurman, in an interview to New York Times, had to say this about the aftermath of the crash,
The steering wheel was at my belly and my legs were jammed under me. I felt this searing pain and thought, ‘Oh my God, I’m never going to walk again,’. When I came back from the hospital in a neck brace with my knees damaged and a large massive egg on my head and a concussion, I wanted to see the car and I was very upset. Quentin and I had an enormous fight, and I accused him of trying to kill me. And he was very angry at that, I guess understandably, because he didn’t feel he had tried to kill me.
People who don’t wear seatbelts may not be as lucky as Ms. Thurman, who was able to walk away from the crash despite the impact. Seatbelts save lives, and make sure that the driver and passengers of a car don’t get thrown around within, or out of the car, in an accident. Wearing seatbelts also allow airbags to work properly and do their job of reducing the impact of an accident. And headrests are critical parts of the seat, which help prevent whiplash injuries during accidents. Without a headrest, the impact of a frontal crash can simply snap the necks of passengers.